As an Actor he has appeared in many British television classics, dramas and in theatre from Shakespeare to Musicals all over the World. With his warmth and personality he was crowned King Of The Jungle in ‘Im A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here.
He was best known as a comedy actor, appearing as the regular character Lukewarm in the popular situation comedy Porridge (1974–77) starring Ronnie Barker. Other comedy shows he appeared in include Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973, 1978). In 1976 he played Nero in the BBC dramatisation of I, Claudius by Robert Graves, having been selected for the role partly on the strength of a television commercial in which he had played a Roman emperor presiding over the games. He also appeared in the BBC’s Poldark in 1977. Despite these serious roles, his co-hosting of Surprise, Surprise and hosting children’s gameshow On Safari (1982–1985) for TVS led to him being typecast as a “bubbly personality”; when asked in 2005 if he resented this, he replied
“No, not a bit of it. I’m perfectly happy being me, thank you, and I happen to know that I am afforded enormous respect from everybody I know. And anyway, I’m having something of a second wind now. I’ve reached the age where all kinds of roles are opening up to me.”
On children’s television he had a regular role as supermarket manager Adam Painting in the children’s television programme Rentaghost (1978–1983) and also played Reverend Whiting in Southern Television’s Brendon Chase, produced in 1980. In the early 1980s he hosted children’s gameshow On Safari, a bizarre afternoon game show with a jungle-themed studio set.
Biggins appeared in the Big Finish Productions audio drama The One Doctor, based on the television series Doctor Who. His film roles include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and “The Baker” in the 1999 Video Version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His theatre roles have included “The Baker” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, and 18 months at the London Palladium in the stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (where he was teamed in a double act with Louise Gold).
He is a fantastic host to all his charitable work, and he is without doubt on of the Grand Dames in British Pantomimes.
Christopher will be at our 'Meet the Stars' event in the afternoon and our compere for our fun team quiz in the evening, introducing lots of fellow guest celebrities during the night.